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On China

On China

By Henry A. Kissinger

Penguin Press, 2011, 608 pp.
A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia

A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia

By Aaron L. Friedberg

Norton, 2011, 352 pp.

As a connoisseur of fine diplomacy, Henry Kissinger finds a lot of it to admire in China. His new book, cast as a history of Chinese foreign policy, traces the twists and turns of Chinese strategy since the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949, quoting liberally from his numerous conversations with Chinese leaders. But On China is really neither history nor memoir. Its purpose is to argue that the United States should yield gracefully to China's rise in order to avoid a tragic conflict.

Aaron Friedberg gives the opposite advice. A Princeton professor and former foreign policy adviser to Vice

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  • ANDREW J. NATHAN is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and a co-author, with Andrew Scobell, of the forthcoming book China's Search for Security.
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